An artistic approach in motion to the beautiful California Giant Kelp presented in black and white underwater photography. The underwater artwork is available for sale in:


  • Kodak or Metallic Paper
  • Metal Art
  • Acrylic Art
  • Gallery-wrap Canvas


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Subject: California Giant Kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera


Name: Dancing With Light


Location: Channel Islands, CA


Subject Description: In the Northern hemisphere, Giant Kelp is most commonly found on the Pacific coast all the way from Alaska to Baja, California along rocky shorelines. While it looks like a plant, kelp is actually a form of large brown algae and doesn't have any roots at all. It has root-like grabbers, called "holdfasts" that wrap themselves around rocks on the ocean floor. From all the way to the bottom of the sea, kelp can range from 6 to 100+ feet tall as it reaches toward the sun. Instead of having roots, kelp gets all of its nutrients through photosynthesis from its fronds (leaves).


Artist's Narrative: This photograph was taken during a 4-day live aboard trip sailing among the Southern Channel Islands, California U.S.A. I was with a large group of photographer friends and was looking for a new and interesting way to set my camera settings, in effort to photograph a typical subject with some flare and artistic quality. The trip leader suggested trying an unconventional photographic approach that would intentionally blur the background and areas surrounding the subject, while leaving the subject completely crisp and in focus. However, the tricky part to this type of photography was that there had to be movement of the camera past the subject in order to create the blur. As you can imagine, it could be a bit tricky to find a stationary object underwater and get myself moving past it quickly enough to create the desired effect. So there I was, swimming back and forth in front of random objects as fast as I could with my new camera settings in place trying to make the perfect swirl effect. Several attempts were made to figure out the technique and exactly how to create underwater art. The photograph you see here was one of my best shots of the day. Entitled, Artistic Perspective, the name seemed to easily fit as it was the first time I took an artistic approach to underwater photography. It was also the day I graduated from my constant attempts of achieving the perfectly composed, most evenly exposed photograph. It was the first day my photography took an Artistic Perspective.

Black & White California Kelp in Motion